Friday, February 22, 2013

Win Your Oscar Pool: Who to Bet On

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Life of Pi visual effects
VISUAL EFFECTS
The Avengers
The Hobbit
Life of Pi
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

Will win: If Oscar voters liked the shitty-looking animals in Chronicles of Narnia (and they did! It beat Revenge of the Sith and King Kong! I'm still pointlessly mad about it!), I can only imagine how much they'll dig the actually well-rendered animals of Life of Pi. Plus, it's the only prestige movie on the list.
Should win: Life of Pi used effects most centrally and beautifully, so it's tough to argue with it—though I will say that I loved lots of the creaturework in Prometheus.
Missing: I can't really quibble with these five. Which is to say, I will anyway, just a little. The effects in Dark Shadows had a bit more style and flair than anything in The Hobbit or even the technically impressive Snow White and the Huntsman, but I understand why it didn't make it in. I'd also add that though I pretty much hated Ted, the character animation/effects on the bear were pretty damn good. Finally, Dark Knight Rises must've either employed too many practical effects or faked the look of practical effects, because they always looked super-convincing.

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